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Area gets funding for emergency food and shelter programs

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced funding for emergency food and shelter programs that will provide more than $100,000 to area counties.

Agencies throughout the state that provide assistance with food, rent, and utility payments will receive a share of $4,456,837 in federal funding, to be distributed by Federal Emergency Management Agency’s  Emergency Food and Shelter Program grant program.

“With our economy still on the mend and with paychecks failing to keep pace with the rising cost of living, many Ohio families are still struggling to balance mortgage payments with grocery and utility bills,” Brown said in a statement. “That’s why this funding is so important. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is critical to helping Ohio families gain stability during this economic recovery.”

This funding will support social service agencies in cities and counties throughout Ohio to help feed and shelter the state’s hungry and homeless. EFSP funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage, and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster-related emergencies.

The following area counties received funding:

Erie County: $40,795

Huron County: $35,701

Ottawa County: $27,771

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